It's a whole different ballgame in an electric car, because you don't have engine compression to slow you down. You can coast a long, long time - provided you don't have regenerative braking - and most EV drivers take full advantage of it.
All are great tips, but I strongly recommend the coasting as much as possible.
Yes, for last century ICEs.
But No for today's Bolt. Been discussed here many times and for Bolts, the coasting myth is busted. Facts will never convince some to give up the habits of long standing; just don't expect everyone to agree.
Pulse and Glide.
There's a trick to this, but in a nutshell, it means accelerate (gently) up to a certain speed, then back off the accelerator, then start again before you lose too much momentum. You're going for an average speed.
Again, only works for last century ICEs. In the Bolt, it's a waste of effort.
Lower Gear, Better Range.
With series DC electric motors, a lower gear increases the RPMs, which reduces amp draw from the battery (and increases range). Dan Bentler, EV Motors instructor at SSCC, says, "Gas-guzzler engines have a different torque curve than do electric motors. You want to be in whatever gear it takes to get you at the optimum spot on the torque curve. A lot of electric car converters are using series wound DC motors, so use a lower gear, speed the motor up, reduce the amps and save the controller."
Say what? My BEV experience is limited to Tesla, BMW and the Bolt, but which mainstream BEVs give a choice of gear ratios?
My other recommendation is personal and not technical: plan your trips to reduce stops and avoid slow traffic or jams, especially in morning and evening "rush hours". I am retired, but I drove through hour-long traffic almost every day, so now I plan my trips to travel later in the morning and return earlier in the afternoon, or travel at night wit the lightest traffic.
Agree completely. Retired folk should seldom be in rush hour traffic. I aim most of my errands around 10:00 A.M.
We have some friends on the other side of town who began inviting us for an early dinner on Friday. (And they're Presbyterian!) I had to explain the illogic of retirees choosing to be in the worst rush hour traffic of the week when we could dine with them any hour on any day.